[wp-hackers] Putting the P in WordPress

Harry Metcalfe harry at thedextrousweb.com
Tue Jul 6 12:00:31 UTC 2010

> Not rubbish at all, but standard practice in law, in both the US and the UK
> (and many other territories). Here' s one reference
> http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/metaschool/fisher/domain/tm.htm#6 and here's
> another http://www.askjim.biz/answers/losing-rights-to-a-trademark_397.php
> there
> are many if you wish to search.
> If you do not actively police your trademark, you can lose the rights to it.
> Mike

Policing your trademark means preventing unauthorised use of it, in 
order to stop it becoming a generic word rather than one strongly 
associated with your product. As both of those references explain.

Forcing people to adopt your spelling is not required to protect a 
trademark. Even if it were, a spellchecker -- as with Apple's devices -- 
is a better way to do it, for reasons already rehearsed.

This trademark issue is a total red herring.

Harry Metcalfe
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